Everything you should do in your 20s for a healthy 30s & beyond!
I don't know what you do in your 20s but from what I can remember I did not have the balance and moderation that is perhaps recommended in this article! For that reason alone I thought it was a great read! The kid of things it touches on are true for then - and now! Live well in your 20s - feel great in your 30s and beyond! But make sure to have lots of fun and make memories!
By Erin Magner
But the truth is, no matter how young your mindset may be, there are certain inevitable changes that happen to your body as you age—and experts agree that your workouts, diet, and self-care rituals need to evolve through the years if you want to stay glowy, energized, and injury-free.
“Through each decade of life, you’re going to have different issues to take into consideration, and it’s very important [not to ignore this],” says trainer Laurent Amzallag, who has gone on tour with Oprah Winfreyand was named one of the country’s top 50 trainers by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
Holistic nutritionist Elissa Goodman agrees. “Just when you think you have it all figured out, biological factors force you to reevaluate and change things up,” she says. “You’ll never have to give up kale, but you will have to find ways to meet your biological needs as you get older.”
Since the aging process is super complex—affecting everything from our bones to our brains to our hormones (and beyond)—we asked a group of experts to create comprehensive holistic wellness prescriptions for women in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s. (Of course, listen to your doctor if she gives you different advice based on any personal health concerns.)
Although your gym routine and your supplement cabinet may look a lot different from one decade to the next, one thing’s for sure: your ability to kick ass in life and wellness doesn’t have to change with it.
On the surface, it seems like 20-somethings have it pretty easy—metabolism is still kicking, energy is still high, and you can still stay out late on a Saturday night and spring out of bed for an early SoulCycle classthe next morning. But Amzallag insists that workouts shouldn’t be considered optional at this age. “Women in their 20s often don’t have responsibilities like family or kids yet, so this is the time to create healthy habits,” he stresses. “If you do that now, it will be much easier to keep them going in your 30s and beyond.”
For this age group, he recommends high-intensity conditioning workouts four to five times a week, for an hour at a time, with few rest breaks. (Think Orangetheory or Barry’s Bootcamp.) “Your metabolism slows down as you get older—especially if you lose muscle mass—so this is the time that you want to start building that muscle,” he says. “You also want your body to stay in that high aerobic threshold, which creates the afterburn effect and makes [your metabolism] more efficient at rest.”